BGA Newsletter 299 February 2023


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Jil Segerman


The full set of recent news items, including further details of some of the items shown here, are on our News Pages.

Scott Cobbold Retains British Youth Title

Scott Cobbold retained the British Youth Go Champion title by winning all his games at the championships held on Saturday 21st January at the Leicester County Bridge Club.

Winners (runners-up)
U18: Scott Cobbold (Daniel Wang)
U16: Hanna Kudla (Hanga Eory)
U14: Alvina Kwok (Gene Wong)
U12: Andrew Volovich (Samuel Wu)
U10: Ryan Zhang (Mark Kirillin)
U8: Aidan Fung (Ryan Xing)
Youth Champion: Scott Cobbold
Top Girl: Alvina Kwok
Handicap Winner: Hanna Kudla
Novices Winner: Charlie Field (Daisy Turner)
Best school was James Gillespie's High School from Edinburgh.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship

The UK team beat Norway 3-1 in the third match of the C League season. Unfortunately for Ireland their top board didn’t show up and, despite wins for Gavin Rooney and Philippe Renaut, they could only draw, with penalty points for the missing game. However this meant that the UK team moved up from second to top place.

Council/Board News

We have had a delay in conversion due to problems in establishing a new Bank Account, but this has now been successfully completed and the formal conversion to a Company Limited by Guarantee will take place on 15 February. On that date the majority of the "old" BGA's assets will be transferred to the new company (it is possible that some of the BGA's assets, held in interest-bearing accounts, cannot be transferred until the account matures). Those paying via PayPal or Direct Debit do not need to do anything; however, anyone who has, in the past, transferred money direct to the BGA via Bank Transfer will need to amend their instructions: please contact Phil Beck treasurer AT britgo DOT org for details.


British Go Journal

Issue 202 is currently at the printers and will shortly be available in the members' area. Contributions to BGJ 203 are requested by 1st April.

2023 AGM

The 2023 AGM will be held online by ZOOM at 20:00 on Thursday 20th April 2023. A meeting link will be issued shortly before the meeting. This year as part of the transfer to incorporated status, two AGMs will be held on the same evening, using the same ZOOM session. The structure will be:
1. AGM of the unincorporated Association.
2. Immediately following will be an AGM for the new incorporated BGA.

Nominations for elections must be sent to the BGA Secretary on or before Thursday March 16th 2023.

Motions to be brought forward for either meeting must be sent to the BGA Secretary on or before Thursday March 16th 2023.

Further details here

Joint British/Irish Go Congress: Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April in Belfast.

Full details have just been announced - Full information and link to entry form. Early entries would be of great assistance to the organisers. We have been warned that accommodation in Belfast will be busy that weekend (due to an Elton John concert) so early booking of rooms is recommended.

European Go Congress 2023

22nd July to 5th August – Markkleeberg / Leipzig, Germany. Main details are now up on the website, and more to follow, so keep checking.

European Youth Go Congress

22 - 25 March Ankara, Turkey.
Flights via Istanbul or Frankfurt.
Hotel accommodation around 25€/night.
More information here.

Other European Championships in 2023

The Women's (13th-14th May) in Strasbourg, France.
Pair Go (16th-18th August) in Leksand, Sweden.
Details via the EGF Tournament Calendar


This Month: Lancaster, MSO GP Online 19x19
March: Trigantius (Cambridge), MSO GP Online 9x9, Cheshire (Frodsham), Joint British/Irish Go Congress (Belfast)
April: Rip-Off (Dublin)
May: British Championship - Candidates' Tournament, Sheffield University, Not the London Open
June: Cheltenham (Tentative), British Pair Go Championship (Frodsham), Durham, Welsh Open (Barmouth)
July: European Go Congress (Leipzig, Germany)
August: Youth Go Camp (Lincolnshire), Mind Sports Olympiad (London)

More information here

Last updated Tue Apr 25 2023.
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